Council body calls for long-term and sustainable funding model

THE SERIOUS FINANCIAL ISSUES facing Moray are being felt throughout the country – with public sector pay the next massive headache facing town halls.

That is the view being expressed by the umbrella body for all Scottish local authorities, COSLA, who insist that the Scottish Government must come forward with a long-term sustainable funding model to provide stability in every region.

The call came from COSLA’s resources spokesperson, Gail Macgregor, who said that their ask was simple and straightforward: “As a sector, Scottish Local Government needs the confidence and assurance that long term sustainable funding helps bring.

“The simple truth is that we have had enough of short termism by way of one year funding deals from Scottish Government.

“As councils work hard to set their budgets at this time of financial challenge and real terms cuts, COSLA seeks to secure certainty around funding for the future. There remain significant financial challenges and tough decisions ahead for councils that cannot go unanswered.”

Councillor Macgregor added that pay remains a major issue now that expectations have been raised by the Scottish Government removing the public sector pay cap.

She said: “I already have claims in my inbox of 6.5% from the general workforce and 10% from teachers. Unless we get the stability that longer term sustainable funding brings it makes committing to pay deals and other major financial commitments very problematic for us.”